The State of the European Union: Risks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival

Paperback | December 1, 2000

EditorMaria Green Cowles, Michael Smith

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With the introduction of a single currency in 1999 and the negotiations for the fifth enlargement in 2000, the European Union is at a major crossroads in its history. While the adoption of EMU and the entrance of new member states hold the promise of creating an 'ever close union', they musttake place in a rather turbulent environment. Exogenous shocks such as the Asian financial crisis, the Russian upheaval, and new Balkan problems threaten to derail advances in monetary affairs and common foreign and security policy. Endogenous resistance to further European policy reform in areassuch as the budget, CAP, and structural funds has strengthened, as suggested by the meagre advances in the Amsterdam Treaty. Indeed, domestic developments, including changes in the political composition of leading governments and growing unemployment, pose further challenges to EU reforms. With contributions from leading scholars, the book examines the European Union in a theoretically informed, empirically-grounded manner. The book begins by exploring the evolving nature of the European polity and its capacity for change. The second section on monetary union examines the conditionsunder which EMU will challenge integration, the viability of the European Central Bank, as well as the ability of European citizens to adjust to the single currency. The third section investigates why member states agreed to the Eastern enlargement and what internal and external challenges face theUnion as a result. The fourth section highlights the institutional upheavals underway in the major European institutions, as well as Europeans support of and identify with the European polity. The final section of the book highlights the extent to which the European Union is able to govern in keypolicy areas-trade, environment, common foreign and security policy, and development-given the state of the European Union today. This is the fifth volume in the biannual series State of the European Union produced under the auspices of the American European Community Studies Association (ECSA)

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With the introduction of a single currency in 1999 and the negotiations for the fifth enlargement in 2000, the European Union is at a major crossroads in its history. While the adoption of EMU and the entrance of new member states hold the promise of creating an 'ever close union', they musttake place in a rather turbulent environmen...

Maria Green Cowles is at American University. Michael Smith is at Loughborough University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:490 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I. IntroductionMaria Green Cowles and Michael Smith: Risks, Reform, Resistance, and RevivalPart II. Conceptualizing the European UnionJohn Peterson and Elizabeth Bomberg: The EU after the 1990s: Explaining Continuity and ChangeSieglinde Gstohl: The EU after Amsterdam: Towards a Theoretical Approach to (Differentiated) IntegrationJo Shaw and Antje Wiener: The Paradox of the European PolityPart III. Monetary Union: Ideas, Interests, and ImpactAmy Verdun: Monetary Policy and the EU: Ideas and EvolutionMiriam Campanella: ECOFIN-11 and the European Central Bank: Game Theoretic PerspectiveErik Jones: EMU and the New Political Economy of AdjustmentPart IV. Enlargement: Understanding Past, Present, and FutureHelen Wallace: EU Enlargement: A Neglected SubjectUlrich Sedelmeier: Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role-ComplianceLykke Friis and Anna Murphy: The Enlargement: A Complex Juggling ActPart V. Institutions and Identity: Capacities, Legitimacy, and PerceptionMitchell Smith: The European Commission: Diminishing Returns to EntrepreneurshipRoger M. Scully: Democracy, Legitimacy, and the European ParliamentPaul Mullen: Do You Hear What I Hear? Translation, Expansion, and Crisis in the European Court of JusticeMark Pollack: Blairism in Brussels: The Third Way in Europe since AmsterdamDavid Michael Green: On Being European: The Character and Consequences of European IdentitySophie Meunier and Kalypso Nicolaidis: EU Trade Policy: The Exclusive versus Shared Competence DebateFlexibility or Renationalization: Effects of Enlargement on Environmental PolicyIngmar von Homeyer, Alexander Carius, and Stefani Bar: How Defense 'Spilled Over' into the CFSP: Western European Union and the European Security and Defense IndentityJ. Bryan Collester: Resisting Reform or Risking Revival? Renegotiating the Lome ConventionMartin Holland: